Graphic designer works on Leeds tunnel

The redesigned Neville Street Tunnel in Leeds opened this morning, following a £4.6m overhaul to create a ‘contemporary gateway’ to the city.

The project saw sound and light artist Hans Peter Kuhn and Leeds-based graphic designer Andy Edwards work with Bauman Lyons Architects and acoustic engineer Arup, to form a sound and light installation.

Kuhn and Edwards were appointed by Bauman Lyons to each work on opposing east and west walls of the tunnel, but use the same alminium materials.

The project has been funded by Leeds City Council as part of a wider initiative to improve driver and pedestrian experience by widening footpaths, reducing ambient noise and enhancing lighting within the tunnel.

Working on the west wall, Edwards has used a ‘moiré’ technique by overlaying two sheets of punctured aluminium to cause a shimmering effect, which he says ‘looks like mackerel skin’.

The technique, he says, make the dots appear to clash – something printers traditionally tried to avoid.

A lecturer in graphic design at Leeds Metropolitan University, Edwards says he is pleased to be involved in a project that is not of a ‘typographic or pictographic nature’.

Behind the perforated aluminium sheets, sound-absorbing devices, designed by Arup, have been installed to help mute traffic noise.

‘The whole piece is about counter-flow, acting like a chevron device which can only be appreciated when moving,’ says Edwards.

Kuhn’s east wall features thousands of LED lights, which generate a random pattern each day, accompanied by a soundscape, created in collaboration with Arup.

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  • Brian Minards November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    How refreshing to see the engagement of a designer of Andy’s high calibre to take this project forward rather than employ the big-letter pattern makers most usually involved with a scheme of this nature.

    An excellent entrance to Leeds City Centre.

  • Leeds Bloke November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Pity it is complete shit. It was meant to be bright – it is a crap waste of money

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